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Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

UC Berkeley Natural Reserve System

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Important: you will need to be given the gate code in advance in order to enter any of our gates


Google Maps Link:


Blue Oak Ranch Reserve 16070 Mt Hamilton Rd., Mt Hamilton, CA 95140








You can also find your way by following these directions:


From the South: Take Highway 101 north to 680 north, and take the Alum Rock Avenue exit. Proceed east on Alum Rock Rd to Highway 130, the Mt Hamilton Road, and turn right. Continue up Mt Hamilton Road for 6.7 miles until you see two metal gates on the left and a large rusty barn off in the field. The stree address is 16070 Mt Hamilton Rd. The first gate is a pedestrian entrance for Joseph Grant Park, and the yellow and blue gate just past the Grant Park gate is our entrance. If you reach the intersection of Quimby Rd. and Mt Hamilton Rd., you have gone too far.


From Berkeley and points north:   Find your way to Highway 880 south, and continue to Warren Ave./ Mission Blvd/262 exit to Highway 680 south. Drive south towards San Jose on 680 for several miles and exit at Alum Rock Avenue. Turn left, heading east towards the hills, and proceed through the small business zone followed by a residential area where the road narrows to two lanes. Watch for the right-hand merging turn onto Highway 130, and take the Mt Hamilton Road.


Once you have arrived at our entrance gate, use the gate combination given to you in advance, proceed on the gravel road past the old Washburn Barn for 1.5 miles until you reach a second locked electric gate that's next to a windmill with 2 water tanks. The same gate combination applies, but add the # sign after the four numbers.  Continue for 2 miles until you reach the Cedar Barn. All visitors must check in as soon as they arrive.


The following live Google Map widget will navigate you to the front gate at 16070 Mt Hamilton Rd. as well.



ALWAYS KEEP THE GATES CLOSED AND LOCKED, OTHERWISE FERAL PIGS WILL ENTER



THE SPEED LIMIT ON RESERVE ROADS IS 15 MPH



PLEASE WATCH FOR SNAKES, TOADS AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND GIVE THEM A BRAKE! That MEANS STOP YOUR VEHICLE AND LET THEM CROSS,  OR HELP THEM IF THEY ARE IGNORING YOU


Check the Weather before arriving and if its going to rain, please call us for road conditions

Driving directions to Blue Oak  Ranch Reserve

Our road to the left of the Washburn Barn

Note: Highway 130 is currently closed due to a road washout (2-21-17) so the directions below will not work until furnther notice. Contact Zac Harlow (harlow@berkeley.edu) for the latest road conditions. Access to BORR currently requires taking Quimby road to Hwy 130, turning left and proceeding 1 mi to yellow gate on right, 16070 Mt Hamilton Rd.